"Steve Aungle" "Billy Mackenzie"

Steve Aungle & Billy Mackenzie (1996)

Steve Aungle is best known for his songwriting parntership from 1993-97 with the late singer, Billy Mackenzie (The Associates). Several albums cover this work: the first, ‘Beyond the Sun’ (Nude Records ’97) was produced by Simon Raymonde (The Cocteau Twins) featuring a mixture of styles but mostly consisting of torch ballads with Aungle accompanying Mackenzie on the piano.

A second album ‘Eurocentric’ was released on Paul Haig’s label Rhythm of Life Records in 2001 but was deleted only two weeks after its release, making it an extremely rare and collectible album. However, in 2005, One Little Indian Records released two albums: ‘Transmission Impossible’ and ‘Auchtermatic’ which include many of the songs found on the first two albums.

Since Billy Mackenzie’s tragic death in ’97, Steve Aungle has co-written songs with producer Pascal Gabriel for his current band Carcassette, as well as working with London band Boo Hooray (formerly known as Electric Music AKA).  ‘Piano for Europe’, a collection of solo piano pieces, was released in 2010 and it was in November of that year that he met singer Lisa Meilen to start a new collaboration which has resulted in two new projects: Elvis & the Ancient Greeks and Winter Academy- both strictly live projects with no recordings available to date.

Meanwhile he has been involved in two releases of remix work under ‘White Label’- the album ‘Stolen Voices’ (released in September 2011) and the EP ‘1972’ due to be released on 21st May 2012.